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Nat King Cole Music is a universal language a language that many can speak however one that only few can master One of those masters was Nat King Cole A true legend Nat not only could carry a song with his voice but also through his incredible skills with the piano Today Nat is most remembered for that soft soothing and so powerful voice however he is recognized as one of the greatest jazz pianists of all-time The man today known as Nat King Cole was actually born in Nathaniel Adams Coles in Montgomery Alabama on March 17 1917 By the age of four his father Edward James Coles Sr and his mother Perlina Adams Coles decided it would be best that the family move to Chicago By the time Nat reached four years of age his father quit his job as a grocer and moved his family to Chicago where he became a preacher This decision would have had a huge impact on the family as a whole but especially in the case of Nat Moving to Chicago was the first step in Nats rise to fame the place where the foundation of a jazz superstar would be built As a child Nat dreamed to be a big band leader and soloist in the tradition of his idol Earl Fatha Hines By twelve years old Nat was already playing the organ at church amazing for such a young man only trained by his mother Later Nat would be enrolled in formal piano lessons which only further add to his impressive repertoire At fifteen years old Nat decided to drop the s in his name to become Nathaniel Adams Cole By the age 17 Nat formed a 14-piece band composed of students from both Wendall Philips and Dusable High schools in Chicago The band would go around Chicago working for as little as 2 or 3 a night In 1936 Nat made his
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